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2023 IMMAF MMA World Championship: Here is the Indian MMA Team

LockerRoom Team
30 November 2023

The Indian MMA team is gearing up for participation in the IMMAF World Championship 2023, scheduled to be held in Albania from November 20 to November 25. Led by team leaders and coaches Vikram Nagaraj, Nikhil Kunder, and Stuart Austin, the Indian contingent aims to make its mark on the global stage.

Anticipated Team Composition:

  1. Zarmawia (Featherweight): Hailing from Mizoram, Zarmawia, a multiple-time National Champion, is set to represent India in the Featherweight category.
  2. Varun Sanyal (Lightweight): Bringing his prowess to the Lightweight division, Varun Sanyal is anticipated to showcase his skills and tenacity on the international stage.
  3. Pranesh Phanse (Strawweight): Set to compete in the Strawweight category, Pranesh Phanse trains at ONE Punch MMA in Mumbai.
  4. Santosh Yadav (Bantamweight): A skilled fighter, Santosh Yadav is poised to represent India in the Bantamweight division, ready to face tough competition.
  5. Vridhi Kumari (Atomweight): Former IMMAF World Championship Bronze Medalist, Vridhi Kumari, aims to secure another medal, adding to her impressive list of accomplishments in the Atomweight class.

Leadership and Coaching Plans:

  • Vikram Nagaraj and Nikhil Kunder: Serving as team leaders and coaches, Vikram Nagaraj and Nikhil Kunder are preparing to provide guidance and support to the Indian fighters, ensuring they are well-prepared for the challenges ahead.
  • Stuart Austin: Adding to the coaching expertise, Stuart Austin is expected to bring valuable insights to the team, contributing to their strategic approach in the championship.

Affiliation and Representation: The Indian MMA team is set to proudly represent the MMA India Federation, an affiliate of IMMAF, showcasing the strength and growth of MMA in the country.

As the athletes prepare to compete with passion and dedication, the Indian MMA team aims to leave a lasting impression, continuing to elevate the stature of Indian MMA on the world stage.


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